54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Opening Ceremony Live Updates: The 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will kick off in Goa today. The opening ceremony will be held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Panaji. The event promises to be a star-studded affair with performances by Shahid Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Shriya Saran and Nushratt Bharucha, among others. Sara Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi and Vijay Sethupathi will also unveil the first looks of their upcoming films Ae Watan Mere Watan, Kadak Singh and Gandhi Talks, respectively. Sunny Deol, Karan Johar, Shantanu Moitra, Shreya Ghoshal and Sukhwinder Singh, among others, will also attend the ceremony.
“IFFI has been growing every year thanks to the passion of our filmmakers from across the country and the collaboration that we have been able to forge with the directors and producers from across the world,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said in a statement.
“As we take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of strengthening India’s global position across all sectors, cinema, arts and culture can empower our youth to foray on the world stage with stories that are global in essence and local at heart. Indeed, IFFI has become the perfect platform for establishing collaborations, joint productions and cutting-edge technology,” he added.
Talking about her performance at the opening ceremony, Madhuri Dixit said, “Cinema has given me so much, it’s time to give something back in return. What better way to do so than through song and dance which is integral to not just Indian cinema, but Indian culture as well.”
Shahid Kapoor added, “Doing great work comes naturally when you’re passionate about what you do. And performing in front of a live audience is something I’ve truly loved ever since I can remember… Thanks to IFFI I get to do that one more time in Goa on November 20th.”
The 54h IFFI will also be attended by Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Salman Khan, Vidya Balan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Anupam Kher, Vicky Kaushal, Siddharth Malhotra, and AR Rahman, among others. Douglas is the recipient of the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award this year.